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, that there is no military solution to conflicts we're fighting today as in iraq, as in afghanistan, that in the end the resolution of this will be a political matter. and you say that's wrong. the first order of business in winning a war is to kill the enemy fighters. very forthright statement, but one that does go against the grain. and i would ask you to look at afghanistan today and assess whether you think that approach of killing enemy fighters is going to lead us to something that could be called a military solution. >> guest: yes, i do but i'm not saying the military solution is the only part of the solution that matters. there has to be that military solution. there has to be the position of a mine any enemy that you're going to get killed if you go up against the americans. i think that's what's going on in afghanistan now. there was something in iraq in the awakening of the sunnis to the rest of the country, the idea that this is a tribal battle but the americans are not going to be the strongest try. i think that is something that is now being impressed upon the various elements, the tal
occupation, especially, afghanistan, especially, iraq and increasingly, the spillover of afghanistan into pakistan is causing a huge number of attacks there. and so what's been occurring is not just a large number of suicide attacks but a large number of anti-american-inspired suicide attacks. >> so besides the obvious policy of pulling out, is there another policy? >> absolutely. >> to prevent this. >> because pulling out, simply abandons our interests, ignores our interests. what this book suggests is a middle ground policy called offshore balancing. offshore balancing continues to pursue our core security interests and obligations in overseas regions but does so with over the horizon, naval power, intelligence assets, relies on economic assets and political tools and this is the core policy that we pursue as the united states for decades in major regions of the world, such as the middle east with great success, and we should return to this policy. >> can you give us specifics about how we should pursue the policy in the middle east. >> in the 1970s and '80s, the united states had
to afghanistan as a member of a ranger helicopter assault team. on may 26th, 2008, sergeant petry and his unit was in afghanistan, part of the rugged mountainous region near the border with pakistan that's perfect for hiding out in. sergeant petry's unit was assigned to make a risky daylight raid on a compound why u.s. intelligence said a top al qaeda commander was hiding. the moment the helicopter landed they came under fire. within minutes as they moved into a court yard in the compound a machine gun round went through both of his legs. he was bleedly badly. he nevertheless aided another wounded soldier leaving him to take cover behind a chicken coop in the courtyard. he did this with severe injuries to both of his legs. sergeant petry launched a grenade in the direction of the enemy fighters, who were shooting at the rangers. that provided enough cover for a third ranger to join them behind the chicken coop to evaluate the wounds. an enemy grenade exploded in the courtyard. it further hurt the ranger that he was helping and the third ranger. a second grenade thrown by the energy fighters la
the threat of default or downgrade. >> ron insana there. meanwhile, u.s. troops in afghanistan are worried they may not get paid because of this debt showdown in washington. gener good saturday morning to you, atia. so what was this meeting with the troops like? >> reporter: good morning, alex. the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral mullen, made his way down to the southern part of afghanistan, the most volatile part in the country. his number one question from the soldiers, airmen, sailors and marines wasn't necessarily about the military strategy but it was, will we get paid. and his response was, i actually don't know the answer to that question. i have confidence that at some point in time whatever compensation you are owed you will be given. obviously the americans here in afghanistan, very worried about what's going on in washington. many of these men and women haven't seen their families for several months. many won't see them for a full year and they're wondering if those family members are going to be getting those paychecks. they're risking their lives here in afghani
represented inside the halls corridor of power. afghanistan, you know, if we listened to president obama during the campaign, and i was one who said that,ing you know, progressives need to be tough and pragmatic about president obama as he is about us, he spoke about afghanistan as the good war, and he did that because he needed to show because of the national security state grip on our politics, until we find a way to end that, a president remains captive to a large extent. he had to show he was tough. i think now what's going on in this country is you have the ability, polls are snapshots, but on a number of core issues, afghanistan, corporate powers and others, there's majorities of people who want a way out of afghanistan, who believe corporate power is too strong in this country, and a president with leadership could seize that. it's not too late, and find a way to build politics around that. thinking of president johnson, wars kill, reform presidencies. president obama is a reform, maybe deluded, too limited, but in these areas, a reform president. it's imperative now for citizens,
. >> in terms of large operational bases at 9/11, they had afghanistan. to plan, to recruit, to store material, to train, to strategize in safety. today they still have part of afghanistan. they have a big swath of pakistan. they're in yemen. they're in somalia. they're all the way across north africa in a growing movement that's now reaching down into the western part of africa. and so just objectively you really don't need an opinion. you just need to look at the facts, sir. al qaeda is much bigger and much more geographically dispersed than it was at 9/11. >> chad, would you agree with that? and what kind of operations are we talking about in places like algeria and eenggypt compared t what they had in afghanistan when they had the harboring government of the taliban? >> i couldn't agree more with michael. and i'd actually go a step further to say not only is he right that they have now expanded geographically and have multiple launch points for operations but if we step back and look at that map you'll see it lays over very nicely with what we're witnessing with the arab spring. we're also
of that part of the savings that the majority leader reid hopes to get is from the war in afghanistan and iraq beginning to wind down. and the cbo has looked at that and said there's a trillion worth of savings that's not real savings because everybody knows the war will wind down. when you look at it as i see it harry reid's proposal is about $950 billion worth of savings. john boehner is $917. quite similar. not the 2.2 or 2.4 that's being talked about. so we do have to do more in term of the immediate cuts in order to extend it for the period of time the president would like. the alternative is this two step process. a trillion dollars now and then have this special committee that would meet and report by the end of november and then there would be additional savings under the boehner proposal. that's almost $2 trillion additional savings, 1.1 trillion. >> the president says he doesn't want to have another formal vote next year and put the country through this ordeal once again right in the middle of elections. he has a point there, right? >> well, wolf, he doesn't have much a point of putt
a week in afghanistan. among the expenditures, our payment for projects that are rebuilding infrastructure in afghanistan, roads, bridges, schools, in some cases hospitals. "the washington post" recently reported that the afghan government is taxing american aid. we send money there to build a road. we have to hire contractors in order to do that. and the afghan government is trying to tax that money for their own coffers. so it's not enough that our taxpayers are spending billions of dollars on projects to rebuild their infrastructure. the afghan government is literally trying to reach in the pocket and double dip and tax our taxpayers for our taxpayers' generosity in giving them money. . how does that make any sense at all? after this was reported, they are stepping up their efforts to grab that cash. they are doing things like threatening to detain contractors. if they don't pay up, take money that's assigned to build that road and put that money in the afghan covers, the afghan officials are threatening to detain our contractors. they are denying licenses to our contract
was a powerful fur in southern afghanistan. it could create a power vacuum and has raised many questions about the safety oerfgn officials. >> the president was joined by government officials said a prererceor his slain brother. brother was shot and killed by a security ar. the leader condemned the attacks. >> my message to an extremist is this. my cotren m brothers, stop killing your own people. it is easy to kill. but a real man is a man that sas whole people's lives. >> they travel to the ancestral village. >> he was a leading power broker in the south. his power stemmed from his family connections and the founhecculed analysts warn that the assassination could have serious consequences for afghanistan. >> it will boost to the more out of the -- the morale of the taliban and weaken the malof th afghan government. chaos might be and beaten back. this is a tremendous achievement for the taliban. >> they appointed another one of his brothers to a key role in the region to stave off political fighting and. >> women's soccer, japan is leading sweden by three goals to one in the world cup semifi
. >> he was one of the most influential men in afghanistan. he was president of kandahar provincial council and of course half brother to the president of afghanistan and that gave him additional power. people in kandahar said you couldn't get anything done without going through him. his brother the president of afghanistan said his death is a reflection of the suffering of the afghan people. but l he was plagued by allegations throughout his political career that he was corrupt. and that he was also involved in the drug trade. these are allegations he denied. but those allegations floating out there serve to undermine u.s. and nato effort to create a stable government in afghanistan. and it also comes at a very bad time as the u.s. tries to draw back soldiers from afghanistan. highlighting the success they have had militarily in kandahar and in helman professor since. his death shows instability still exist ins those areas. this is abc news, afghanistan. >>> it was in afghanistan that one soldier displayed great courage and today president obama annualed his sacrifice. >>
of the day. here's hari sreenivasan. >> sreenivasan: the new american ambassador to afghanistan was sworn in today and pledged there would be no rush to the exits. ryan crocker takes over as the u.s. begins withdrawing 10,000 troops by the end of the year. he said the u.s. has no interest in using afghanistan to influence neighboring nations. meanwhile, the nato toll in afghanistan grew by one today. an italian paratrooper was killed in an insurgent attack in the west. so far in july, 44 international troops have been killed in afghanistan. the government of syria endorsed a draft law allowing other political parties to form. the move is part of a series of reforms president bashar al assad and his ruling ba'ath party promised in the face of a popular uprising. but the opposition has dismissed the law as largely symbolic. it came as syrian security forces detained more people in damascus and other cities for holding antigovernment protests. the maid who accused former i.m.f. chief dominique strauss- kahn of sexually assaulting her in a manhattan hotel room broke her silence today. nafissa
is the latest country to roll out austerity measures to keep the debt crisis at bay. to afghanistan. five people were killed in a blast in a mosque. a man hid explosives in his turban. this took place during a memorial service for karzai's brother, wh owao was assassinat. four other brothers anwere there but were not hurt. >> another deadly attack. they were attending a service for the president's half- brother. they were taken away as elite police unites secured the area. among the dead, an influential cleric, a man against the taliban. the bomb may have been targeted at the elite, but the brunt was borne by afghans. others die from nato airstrikes. six villagers died in this raid, to flush out insurgents. among the victims, women and children. it has led to a wave of anger. protests have taken place, pressing for the withdrawal of western forces. some are wondering, at what cost? starting next week, thousands of troops begin a withdrawal from afghanistan. questions have been raised about if they can take on the role. bbc news. >> austerity is a word many europeans have had to adopt, although t
" for egyptian revolution the movie. "2" for first female pilots in afghanistan or "3" for pit bull painter. the winning story airs next hour. >>> are they ready for some football? that's the question right now as nfl owners meet in atlanta to try to end a four-month lockout. a key vote could break the stalemate. our david mattingly is on the story. >> reporter: who gets how much of $9 billion in annual revenue? the numbers are so big, nfl fans in a tough economy had a tough time keeping score. >> 10% unemployment in the country, right? us poor folks scrapping and scraping to get by. come on. it's billionaires against millionaires, right? can you not meet in the middle somewhere? >> reporter: in march, with owners and players reportedly $800 million apart, the owners voted for lockout. even the president had something to say about it. >> my working assumption at a time when people are having to cut back, compromise and worry about making the mortgage and, you know, paying for their kids' college education is that the two parties should be able to work it out. >> reporter: the owners came to
the civil war in afghanistan. i do not understand why members of congress want to spend $10 billion a month in afghanistan when our people back home are struggling. i can assure you the american people do not understand it, either. in june, a poll was conducted by the pew research center where 56% of the american people polled said bring our troops home now. not later. mr. speaker, i brought back the picture of edy and stephanie. their father and lieutenant colonel palmer, died, and that continues to haunt me. and the way they died continues to haunt me. that's the reason i wanted to bring this picture down here again. they were given the task to train afghans to be policemen. the two were shot and murdered by one of the trainees. what really haunts me is the email sergeant baldwin sent to his wife the day before he was shot and killed. i quote the email, i don't trust them. i don't trust them. for anything. not for anything at all. why in the world do we continue to send our young men and women overseas to get theirselves blown up, shot, and murdered by people they are trying to train? the
and afghanistan. and my belief that there is a smarter way to achieve our national security goals. and so, madam speaker, since that day i stood here in this spot to say over and over again that these wars are eroding our spiritual core. bankrupting us morally and fiscally. teaching our children that warfare is the new normal. i have delivered these speeches as a member of the majority and the minority when the president was a member of my party and when he was not, and today i am doing it for the 400th time. when i began the war in iraq was still quite popular. as was the president who launched it. but we spoke out anyway, refusing to bend on principle because we knew that we did not belong there. my colleagues, representative barbara lee and representative maxine waters and i, we called ourselves the triad, started the out of iraq caucus. we first -- forced the first house vote to bring our troops home. along the way i visited iraq, i tried and i learned on that trip and my opinion was confirmed against that very war, but at the same time it increased my admiration for our troops. gradually th
night between front line troops in afghanistan and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral mike mullen who's visiting them this weekend. somewhat unbelievably, several u.s. troops said their major concern was not getting paid because of this budget fight in washington. in response, mullen was blunt. he said it would be devastating. well, today our pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski followed up in an exclusive conversation with admiral mullen. >> reporter: brian, admiral mullen fully expected to talk to the soldiers and marines about the war here in afghanistan. not the one in washington. >> they weren't talking about afghanistan. they weren't talking about the fight they were in. this isn't surprising, but when you're deployed you want to make sure everything's okay at home. >> soldiers and marines in the middle of a war zone worrying about getting paid. >> they always worry about getting paid. they just sort of expect it to happen. >> reporter: you said that if, in fact, paychecks were held up, that many in the services would be devastated by missing a single paycheck
an answer that we never expected? >> i'm trying to get out of afghanistan to all places. that's where the money's at. >> i want to go, too. >> pelley: you're trying to go to afghanistan? what are you trying to do in afghanistan? >> rebuild. >> rebuild. >> make a living. >> pelley: how many people think there are opportunities in afghanistan? >> oh, i know it. >> pelley: turns out their aerospace skills fit the war, and the war fits their special sense of duty. >> these people maintained, built and operated a human space flight program and produced for the american people, produced the crown jewel for the united states, and that's what we want to do. >> pelley: how many of you expected to retire in the space program? everybody. how many of you have dipped into your retirement savings at this point? so you're spending your future that you were socking away. >> well, i figure the day i wake up dead, i won't go to work. >> the bottom line is there's not going to be anything for me to retire on. >> pelley: difficult as the jobs picture is tonight, there was celebration this morning here at
' lives in afghanistan. one thing she says other baby boomers must do if they want a new beginning. >> facebook change igniting a war between rihanna and lady gaga. >> checking friday commute no carmeggedon on the san mateo bridge. right side is the peninsula and things are moving slowly. coming back on the news at 4:00. @t[ male announcer ]@t@t@tx brace yourself for the big, bold taste of a subway® bbq pulled pork sub. tender, succulent slow-cooked pork with sweet and smoky barbecue sauce, all on freshly baked bread. subway. eat fresh®. >>> a bill on governor jerry brown's desk would ban the sale of alcoholic beverage that's contain caffeine. this targets drink that's can contain up to five times the alcohol of regular beer. the author says a combination is a health hazard. >> we have people drinking and being prone to drive because they're not feeling affects of the alcohol that. can only add to, lead towards bigger tragedies here. >> and at least six other states passed similar bans on the caffeinated drinks. the california bill ask z not affect beverages like irish coffee. >>
in afghanistan got a salute from general david >> u.s. troops in afghanistan got a salute from general david petraeus today. if if outgoing commander of u.s. forces in afghanistan attended reenlistment ceremony at bagram airfield in afghanistan. troops say they were honored to have general visit them on independence day and today at the white house vm thanked the troops for their service. >> you represent the latest in a long line of hero who have served our country with honor. who made incredible sacrifices to protect the freedom that we all enjoy. >>reporter: more than 1200 military members and their family were his invited to the fourth of july celebration at the white house. celebration included barbecue, concert followed by fireworks. >> in san jose thousands celebrated the holiday at the fourth annual rose white blue parade. event revival of the rose carnival that began in 1896 and later became known as the fiesta la rose parade. rose is in the title it's all about the red white and blue. some of the most colorful participant said is important to celebrate what america is all about
. >>> we turn next overseas now and to afghanistan, whereree are getting our first look tonight at grizzly new images from inside that luxury hotel in kabul, swarmed by suicide bombers who went on that deadly attack. in an abc news exclusive, nick schifrin tonight takes us inside. >> reporter: abc news filmed the first images from inside the intercontinental. the attackers blew themselves up in bedrooms, in stairwrwls, in the hallway. the top floor, completely destroyed by fire. on the roof, a massive firefight. the attackers brought bags full of red bull and water so they could fight for hours. for the first time, a senior afghan police official admitted to abc news that his men wouldn't have retaken the hotel without the help of these nato special forces. later this month, afghan forces are supposed to take responsibility for security in parts of the country. but their response to this attack raises questions about whether they're ready. nick schifrin, abc news, kabul. >> nick, our thanks to you. >>> and it's those images that have authorities here at home on high alert this fourth. comb
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-brother of afghan president hamid karzai was reportedly killed this morning in southern afghanistan. ahmed wali karzai was shot dead inside his home in kandahar province according to a senior government official. it appears he was killed by a bodyguard. he has been head of the kandahar provincial council. he was also one of the most powerful men in southern afghanistan. it's alleged that he played a prominent role in the afghanistan drug trade. >>> the united states has formally protested and sharply condemned yesterday's attack on the u.s. embassy in syria. the u.s. said about 300 protesters breached the embassy wall in damascus, chanting anti-american slogans before marine guards regained control. the mob broke windows and spray-painted embassy walls but there were no injuries. the u.s. ambassador's residence was also attacked. secretary of state hillary clinton said president bashar al assad is not serious about reform, and not indispensable. >> from our perspective, he has lost legitimacy, he has failed to deliver on the promises he's made. he has sought and accepted aid from the iranians a
and wearing for brain injuries. >> these are lessons we are learning on the battlefields of afghanistan and iraq. it can be translated to civilian care. >> this lieutenant colonel is a flight surgeon. >> expect to be a jack of all trades. we are not deployed and i'm an outpatient internal medicine guy. >> before getting to afghanistan, he says, this will help him learn to prioritize multiple critical patients under battlefield conditions and sharpen his ability to make rapid decisions. >> i expect to see gunshot wounds. i expect to see traumatic brain injuries from explosive devices. it means burns as well. a lot of orthopedic injuries and really some horrific stuff. what i'm doing here is getting exposure to the things i will be seeing over there. it is an immersion in a high-volume trauma center. >> you may not realize it, but treating the war wounded has long before a source of knowledge for all doctors. >> there has been a century long interplay with the civilian and military care. in many ways, trauma surgeons have learned from military conflict than any other component of care. >>
the national debt. his political base is cranky about the war in afghanistan unhappy he failed to end the bush tax cuts and worried they may be able to cut spending significantly to win an increase in the debt ceiling. he must win his base to have hope of reelection but he knows if the independents who backed him in 2008 and if they don't come back his base isn't enough. even as they gave ground in spending and debt with negotiations with congressional republicans he talked about taxing the rich in the white house news conference this week. by today he was con sill tory again and confident with a deal. he is against kicking an issue down the road. he's the same guy who wanted a debt ceiling increase with no action on spending. eases like a man who took two dates to the prom and is trying to make two people happy. he may not pull it off but he is dancing as fast as he can. >> what about balance in the final deal? >>>> republicans -- the president in congress and democratic party on spending but the president fears that if he gives too much on spending and doesn't give anything seemingly in the
. patrick lost his right hand when the grenade exploded. even after that, he returned to afghanistan to serve his eighth tour of duty with a robotic right hand. >>> pg & e answers to anger on how it might defend the san bruno explosion. >>> if you owe more on your >>> pg & e is responding to angry reaction over it's controversial court filing in the pipeline disasters. one suggests that plaintiffs may have contributed to their losses by their own negligence. >> seems like they're turning their backs on us. and i'm not understanding why they are doing that. >> reporter: late today pg & e issues sa statement saying we want to make -- issued a statement saying we want to make it crystal clear that no one at pg & e suggested that the homeowners impacted by the accident maybe at fault. >> new at 10:00, ken wayne is in concord to tell us about how a proposed law would make it easier for people to refinance even if their home is worth less than what they paid for it. ken. >> reporter: for sale signs dot neighborhoods all over the bay area no more so than right here in contra costa county.
clark in kandahar, afghanistan's most dangerous city. she comes under attack while wearing a berka. >> reporter: another stone was just thrown at me-- ow! >> just today the city's mayor was assassinated in a brazen attack. cell phone safety: to all those minutes add up to health problems for kids? dr. jon lapook reports. and it's a place where wounded warriors learn to hope again. david martin on the closing of walter reed. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> schieffer: good evening, scott's off tonight. i'm bob schieffer. the fallout from washington's inability to find a solution to the budget crisis and raise the debt limit has, apparently, begun. on wall street, the stock market was down for the third day in a row. the dow fell more than 198 point today. for the week, it's down nearly 400 points, and it has lost close to $105 billion in value. some of the bond rating services are now saying that even if congress does reach an agreement on a budget plan, it may be too late to avoid lowering the rating on some american securities. we ha
american ambassador to afghanistan was sworn in today and pledged there would be no rush to the exits. ryan crocker takes over as the u.s. begins withdrawing 10,000 troops by the end of the year. he said the u.s. has no interest in using afghanistan to influence neighboring nations. meanwhile, the nato toll in afghanistan grew by one today. an italian paratrooper was killed in an insurgent attack the west. so far in july, 44 international troops have been killed in afghanistan. the government of syria endorsed a draft law allowing other political parties to form. the move is part of a series of reforms president bashar al assad and his ruling ba'ath party promised in the face of a popular uprising. but the opposition has dismissed the law as largely symbolic. it came as syrian security forces detained more people in damascus and other cities for holding antigovernment protests. the maid who accused former i.m.f. chief dominique strauss- kahn of sexually assaulting her in a manhattan hoteroom broke her silence today. nafissatou diallo told "newsweek," "i want him to go to jail, i want him to
. >>> in afghanistan tonight a lot of unanswered questions about the shocking assassination of president hamid karzai's half-brother. shot in cold blood at his home by a trusted associate. we have the story from kabul. >> reporter: hi, anne. am ahmed wali karzai, he was lured out of a meeting and shot in cold blood. he was shot and killed by other security guards. the taliban have claimed responsibility saying they had been working with the killer for, quote, some time." awk was an infamous power broker in kandahar province, a key province and the spiritual home of the taliban and considered to be a part of the drug trade but u.s. and nato officials say they needed him, a stabilizing figure and an otherwise unstable region. his death leaves behind a power vacuum and is considered a big victory for the taliban, anne? >> thank you so much. >>> another milestone up in space today as two residents of the international space station stepped outside to retrieve a broken ammonia pump so it could be returned to earth for examination. it was the final space walk of the american shuttle era. meantime, the land
. >>> a soldier wounded in afghanistan is set to become only the second live in recipient ever of the medal of honor. president obama will tour the nation's highest military honor to sergeant first class leroy ptry. he was throwing a grenade away from a fellow soldiers in afghanistan. he lost a hand and suffered shrapnel wounds. >>> 75 degrees outside, 5:36. >> the end of an era for one source of information for local telephone customers. >> and pepco received a dubious distinction. but is the title fair? find out how you can weigh in on it. >> first, another check on traffic and weather every ten [ child's voice ] ooh, that looks good. [ child's voice ] can i have some? [ child's voice ] you guys should rock paper, scissors for it. ok. [ chuckles ] best of three? sure. one-two-three-shoot. one-two-three-shoot. [ scoff# ] one-two-three-shoot. one-two-three-shoot. one-two-three-shoot. one-two-three-shoot. i wi oh, man. [ muffled ] congratulations. [ male announcer ] get your own bbq pulled pork sub at subway®. tender, slow-cooked pork with irresistibly bold barbe
and rick santorum or on the trail in iowa. in today's political minute, the war in afghanistan takes center stage than the commander in chief meets with his new national security team. let's talk about the significance of these meetings. the president wants to get everyone on board, right? >>> that's right, he just announced the afghanistan drawdown which coincides with a major turnover in his leadership in afghanistan. all the people will be and the white house today meeting with the president. part of what is also going on is there is a push back on his afghanistan plan any need to get everyone on board ahead of august when the turnover settles in. >> congress is returning from holiday weekend early to continue to work on the nation's finances. it will be a busy week for them. >> absolutely, the senate will be back this week. it puts pressure on them to get a deal done. on friday, we have the june jobs numbers which will be another pressure on congress to really get this done for the economy. on wednesday tomorrow, the president will have a twitter town hall. he will meet with senate de
the secret service is looking at who made up the fake hoax. >>> the american troops in afghanistan are spending independence day waiting to come home. three senate heavyweights are now questioning president obama's troop pull out plan. >> key senators are raising doubts about president obama's withdrawal plan for afghanistan. >> it is an unnecessary risk. >> i really do worry that this may have undercut the momentum, i hope i'm wrong. >> reporter: john mccain and lindsay gram call the strategy too risky. and said it could put both american troops and the mission in jeopardy. the plan which the president unveiled last month calls for pulling out 10,000 troops by the end of this year with another 23,000 gone by the end of next summer. >> i hope it will work out but it is certainly deprives us of the necessary troops we needed for the second fighting season. >> reporter: but the obama administration is standing by its plan saying success is on the ground, especially the killing of osama bin laden has made it possible. >> al-qaida is under more pressure than at any time since 9/11. >>
serving in afghanistan. he was wounded in may of 2008, a round from an ak-47 penetrated each of his legs. he remained in action helping one fellow soldier move to safety and then returning to fight. when one of the terrorists lobbed a grenade, petri grabbed that grenade and hurled it right back at them. it detonated and his right hand was amputated on the spot. president owe bam pa grasped his prosthetic hand in congratulations. he called him an extraordinary american soldier. >> with that selfless act, lee roy saved his two ranger brothers. they are with us today. >> reporter: among the nine recipients of the honor for the wars in afghanistan and iraq, he is one of only two who are alive. seven other service members didn't make it to any ceremony of gratitude. >> to be singled out is hum ridge. >> reporter: given his wounds key have retired with honor but instead he chose to reenlist. the father of four returned to afghanistan for his eighth deployment. >>> the nats alone -- the nats loan all-star played last night. adrian beltre would single to left. jose batista is thrown out at the p
you on the program. before we get into the story of what happened that day in afghanistan, may i just say, that hand is super cool. how did you... when i shook your hand, it curled around my hand with a stronger grip than i have. >> it's designed to conform to different objects that actually stops when each finger meets resistance to give you more dexterity. when i actually lost it, i thought i was going to have a hook, and i was fine with that because i lost it the way i wanted to, but they gave me this hand, and i got... it's amazing and it's getting better. >> jon: do you have one that can... let's say you're in traffic... [laughter] there's a problem. >> i use the good hand. >> jon: all right. fair enough. the story of what happened in afghanistan, it's an incredible one. would you mind if we just went through it briefly. >> sure. >> jon: you were on day mission. >> yes, sir. >> jon: and it was a raid. is that unusual to be on a day raid like that? >> for us it is unusual. >> jon: you're an army ranger. >> yeah, we don't normally do daylight raids, but the necessity to get out the
who have died in afghanistan and in iraq, their phones may have been hacked. then we find out that the phones of those widowed in 9/11, for example, their phones may have been interfered with. that's when it went from sort of acceptable to this is now an appalling, and as james murdoch said the other day, inhuman turn of events. >> what about the people who allegedly did this hacking? do we know exactly who they are at this point? do we know how many of them there are? >> well, this is the point. we don't know how many of them there were. news international, the news the world, for a long period of time, said that there were just a rogue reporter involved in this. the rogue reporter went to prison as did glen vulcary, who was the private investigator. now it comes to light there could be as many as 4,000 people whose phone messages have been listened to, by -- let me tell you, we don't know about the numbers but many, many journalists, not just at the news of the world but possibly across the entire camp. >> this story not over yet. becky anderson, thank you very much. >>> com
of afghanistan. he sat down to interview capt. there. at the end of the interview, he realized that capt. in that isolated outpost in afghanistan, because of this hyper connectivity had access to more intelligence and more firepower than martin dempsey did when he took baghdad from saddam hussein. that has driven his whole education of the army system. at the camp, they give every new recouped and iphone and you download the application and teach the class. when you have a commander in the outpost of afghanistan with more power -- more firepower and access to intelligence than you did when he commanded the troops who took baghdad, that commander has to be trained to invent, reinvent, and adapt so much more than anyone can -- anyone 10, 15, 20 years ago. that's happening throughout the labor market. what does it mean for education? >> it means we have to educational challenges today. we need more education in better education. buy more education, and this is a challenge all of the face, we need to bring the bottom up to our average and we need to do it really fast. at the same time, we ne
for something we want to show you, show you what some of our troops are going through in afghanistan. one of our correspondents embedded with the troops there, caught in the middle of a firefight. that is next. different jobs... ♪ ...different challenges. ♪ different opportunities. ♪ so why would universities stay the same? ♪ university of phoenix, because an educated world is a better world. universi♪ of phoenix, ♪ ♪ ♪ introducing purina one beyond a new food for your cat or dog. when someone changes lanes without warning? or when you're distracted? when you're falling asleep at the wheel? do you know how you'll react? lexus can now precisely test the most unpredictable variable in a car -- the driver. when you pursue perfection, you don't just engineer the world's most advanced driving simulator. you engineer amazing. ♪ >>> 16 minutes past the hour now. they are surrounded by enemy fighters, have to be on constant watch. troops at the u.s. outpost are there to battle taliban coming in from afghanistan. >> reporter: kunar in eastern afghanistan is some of the toughest terrain
. in afghanistan, a group of american soldiers took this day to reenlist. america's 235th birthday. a day to stand up and be proud, even if you're sitting down. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> if you plan to celebrate the 4th here in d.c., here's the lineup for tonight. the capital 4th concert will begin at 8:00. the fireworks kick off around 9:15. we'll have a live report on that. that's coming up in our next half hour. the smithsonian metro station and most roads around the mall will be closed. so you might want to give yourself plenty of time to get there. you can also go to nbc washington.com for more details. >>> a day at the beach came to an early and abrupt halt at sandy point state park in maryland today. authorities say a young boy draund drowned after disappearing in the water. elaine reyes has more on what went wrong. >> reporter: at sandy point state park, the sights and sounds of summer are everywhere. on this july 4th holiday, there's also tragedy. >> there were some people with some earphones -- headphones, like scanning the water and everything. they had mentioned that some
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